Bartolotta Announces More Than $13.8 Million in Funding to Preserve Public Health

CANONSBURG – Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46) announced today that the Cecil Township Municipal Authority will receive more than $13.8 million from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) in the form of a low-interest loan to consolidate all system operations into one treatment plant and accommodate 41 additional customers in Lawrence.

The project will include construction of a new wastewater treatment plant. The existing Teodori Sewage Treatment Plant will be converted to a lift station and gravity sewer lines will be installed.

Currently, the eastern section of the Village of Lawrence does not possess a public sanitary sewer system and uses a collection of wildcat sewers with environmental discharge locations. This type of sewage service provides no treatment prior to discharge for 41 potential customers. The existing treatment plant that receives sewage from currently-served customers in Lawrence is 30 years old and is in need of updates to accommodate the additional customers.

“Investment for infrastructure continues to be a top priority to me. By removing the wildcat sewer discharges, the possibility of human contact with raw sewage is eliminated. In addition to preserving public health, the improvements made possible with the PENNVEST loan will also eliminate discharges of raw sewage into tributaries of Chartiers Creek and positively impact stream quality,” Sen. Bartolotta said.

The low-interest loan of $13,876,149 will be repaid over 20 years.

PENNVEST approved the funding at its board meeting today. The state’s PENNVEST Program provides low-interest loans and grants for the design, engineering and construction of drinking water distribution facilities, stormwater conveyance and wastewater treatment and collection systems.  

CONTACT: Katrina Hanna, 717-787-1463